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City Council Minutes

September 28, 2009

Cambridge Maryland SealMINUTES

Council Meeting

September 28, 2009

 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, September 28, 2009 in Council Chambers.  A quorum being present, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley called the meeting to order at 7:20 p.m. Those Commissioners in attendance were Commissioners Knox, Sydnor, Stout, and Hanson.

 

Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence.  Commissioner Hanson led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the minutes of the September 14, 2009 Council meeting as amended.  Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion was passed 4:0.  Prior to the meeting, Council held an Executive Session to obtain legal advice.

 

APPOINTMENTS

Brian Roche to Discuss Incentives for Home Improvements in Older Neighborhoods-Mr. Roche spoke about temporary tax abatements on property improvements as a way to spur private investment in older neighborhoods. Once the critical mass of improvements has been made over a period of years, tax abatements can gradually expire because the quality of the product has been raised. It is a tried and true formula practiced by countless cities.  He presented Council with a document as an example of a program used by Columbus, Ohio. Commissioner Hanson made a motion to refer this proposal to Rob Collison for his review and recommendation within 30 days. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Request from Dorchester Lodge #223 and Progressive of Dorchester Temple #224 for Permission to Hold Their Annual Organization Day Parade on Saturday, October 24, 2009 Beginning at 3:00 p.m. Starting at Mace's Lane Middle School and Ending at Dorchester Lodge #223 (618 Pine Street); a Variance from the Noise Ordinance; Eliminate Parking on Pine Street Between Cross Street and Cedar Street from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday; and Allow Parking on the West Side of Pine Street on Saturday from 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the requests. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Presentation on the Energy Demand Response Program-George Hyde said the program could generate revenue for the City if Council agrees to use the emergency generators at the wastewater treatment plant and the public safety building during certain summer events when there is a peak energy demand.  Richard Edwards, representing EnerNOC, said the program helps prevent brownouts and blackouts across the grid. The City would be called on to use their generators about once per summer for approximately 3 to 4 hours (per event). There is no cost for being in the program.  Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to refer this matter to the Department of Public Works for their review and recommendation. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Representative from Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay to Request Permission to Hold Skeet Shoot on Hole No. 17 on Saturday, October 3rd (8:30 am to 2:00 pm) and Monday, October 5th (11:30 am to 5:00 pm)-Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve a variance from the noise ordinance as well a variance from the discharge of firearms within city limits ordinance. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Representative from Miles & Stockbridge to Request Approval for Extension of the City's Water System to Serve a Subdivision of Land That is Outside the City's Boundaries but is Surrounded by Properties Currently Served by the System (Tax Map 30 Parcel 250 - Pink's Pond Estates)-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to refer the matter to Rob Collison for his recommendation to Council at the next meeting. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Approve Finding of Facts and Ordinance for Rezoning of Map 302 Parcel 1030 (619 Leonard Lane); Map 302 Parcel 2364 (701 Leonard Lane); and Map 302 Parcel 2367 (705 Leonard Lane)-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the finding of facts and ordinance for rezoning based on a mapping mistake. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0. This will become effective is 10 days.

Approve Finding of Facts and Ordinance for Rezoning of Map 306, Parcel 5813-1 (2.856-acre parcel located adjacent to Chesapeake Street between Bayly Road and Maryland Route 16) and Text Amendment to Zoning Code to Include a Definition for Community Center and Designating Community Center as a Permitted Use with Conditions in an R-3 District-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the finding of fact and ordinance for rezoning of Map 306 Parcel 5813-1 as part of the parcel owned by Delmarva Community Services based on a mapping mistake in the comprehensive rezoning in 2003. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the ordinance to the comprehensive zoning code for a text amendment which would provide for a definition of a community center and would allow it as a permitted use with condition in the R-3 districts. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0. This will become effective is 10 days.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Request from the Jimmy Cornish for a Handicap Sign and Curb Painting South of the Crosswalk in the 600 Block of Pine Street-Commissioner Knox made a motion to refer the request to the Traffic and Safety Committee. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Discussion on DPW's Intent to Renovate Plan-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to have DPW and Rob Collison put the plan in the form of a Standard Operating Procedure with a draft to be reviewed at the next meeting. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. Commissioner Sydnor asked for a poll vote. Commissioner Knox: aye; Commissioner Sydnor: no; Commissioner Stout: aye; Commissioner Hanson: aye. The motion passed 3:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

Request to Go to Bid for Demolitions for 303 Choptank Avenue and 619 High Street-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to allow DPW to go to bid for the demolitions. Before final approve, DPW must supply Council with the histories on the properties. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Request to Implement Electrical Permits-Currently the City of Cambridge issues permits for all phases of construction except electrical permits.  Administrative permits would be issued only. Inspections would be made by a third-party inspection program. Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion.  Commissioners Knox and Stout voted for the motion. Commissioner Sydnor and Hanson voted against. To break the tie, Mayor Stanley voted against the motion. The motion failed.

Set Hours for Trick-or-Treat on Halloween-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to set trick-or-treat hours on Saturday, October 31st from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for children ages 12 and under. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

City of Cambridge Debt Policy-The State is requiring all jurisdictions to have a debt policy.  Ed Kinnamon submitted a policy which he drafted using sample policies throughout the State. He read the document in its entirety. The City's auditor reviewed it and made a few minor changes. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the Debt Policy with an effective date of October 1, 2009. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.  The policy will become an ASOP.

Approve Budget Amendment for Financial Administration-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the budget amendment. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Approve Financial Statement for August 2009-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the financial statement of August 2009. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Approve Purchase Orders:

  • PO 91396 - David Bramble - Camper Street Improvements - $27,842.39- Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.
  • PO 91397 - Bank of America - Postage for DPW - $1,030.00-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.
  • PO 5287 - Alert-All Corporation - Fire Prevention Week Promotions -  $2,299.92 - Commissioner Hanson made a motion to deny the purchase order. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0. The purchase order was not approved.

 

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

 

Request from RFC to Use the Old Apparatus Bay at 307 Gay Street Building for Their Christmas Garden-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to grant RFC permission to have the Christmas garden at 307 Gay Street.  Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 10:00 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, September 28, 2009, insofar as I personally am aware.

Council held an Executive Session to discuss a legal meeting immediately following the meeting.

                                            

                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                    Edwin C. Kinnamon

                                                                                    Clerk & Treasurer